UMM AL QUWAIN: Al Futtaim Motors Toyota defeated Alubond Tigers by six runs to emerge triumphant in the 5th Umm Al Quwain Premier T20 League organised by the Umm Al Quwain Cricket Association.
The tournament was held under the supervision of the Emirates Cricket Board and played under the auspices of the Ajman Cricket Council and Domestic Cricket Development Committee.
Chasing 170 to win, Alubond Tigers lost a few quick wickets after their top order batsmen made good starts but failed to convert it into big scores.
Zakir Malik scored 17 while Zeeshan Rahim 19 before Hassan hit a steady 22. When things looked bleak for Alubond Tigers, Nasir Aziz and Sultan Ahmed looked threatening as the duo shared a vital partnership.
But their efforts were in vain as they could only reach 163 for six in 20 overs falling short by six runs.
While Aziz made an unbeaten 29 from 23 balls with a boundary, Ahmed scored a 24-ball 47 not out with the help of two boundaries and three sixes. Luqman Haider claimed two wickets while Mumtaz, Tariq Iqbal, Javed A and Asghar Butt took a wicket apiece.
Earlier, batting first, Al Futtaim Motors Toyota scored an impressive 169 before being all out in 20 overs. Waseem Raja’s knock was the highlight of Al Futtaim Motors innings as he scored 63 runs facing 41 deliveries including four boundaries and three sixes.
Ahmad Nizam picked up three wickets for six runs from three overs and led Fly Emirates to a comprehensive eight wicket victory over GMW Royal in a Group C match in the 25-over DCC Ramadan Cricket tournament at the Dubai Men’s College Fair Grounds Oval on Friday. Nizam’s bowling helped Fly Emirates dismiss GMW, who batted first after winning the toss, for just 48 runs in 17 overs.
Amjad Javed supported Nizam who bagged three wickets for 12, while Shadeep Silva, Arshad Ali and Adil Rayaz claimed one wicket apiece.